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By Joe Crews
posted Sep 20, 2013 - 12:35:45pm
The Ford Motor Co. Fund has designated Volusia County Schools as one of just 16 Ford Next Generation Learning Communities in the United States.
The Ford fund, an education-support foundation of the automaker, awarded the designation in large part because of Volusia Schools' "commitment to ... support the growth and sustainability of high school career academies," school officials said.
Ford NGL is nationally recognized for its approach to engaging teachers, employers and community organizations in developing long-term plans for creating career academies in public high schools.
With the recognition, Volusia County will receive ongoing guidance from the Ford NGL leadership; will become a member of the Ford NGL national network of communities, and be able to tap into those communities' expertise; and can leverage the designation to encourage economic development by demonstrating that students are prepared for high-wage, high-skill jobs in the community.
However, the designation doesn't come with any financial awards, school-district spokeswoman Nancy Wait said.
The Volusia County School District's Career and Technical Education Department offers students opportunities to study and have in-depth career-track experiences at 33 career academies in county high schools.
The academies' areas of study include agri-science, health science, information technology, robotics, culinary skills, engineering and marketing.
The academies provide students with "an integrated system of career skills and academic instruction," leading to career pathways, school officials said.
Career academies, their business partners and other community members were recognized Sept. 13 for their support and involvement. The ceremony was at the Daytona International Speedway 500 Club.
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